Drawer making, quite possibly one of the most confusing and difficult milestones you’re likely to face as a beginner woodworker. This is a tricky process that requires a lot of planning, visualisation and accuracy. The lapped dovetails at the front will be a feature that makes or breaks your cabinet, and the dovetails at the back will be one of the most complicated joints you will have likely ever cut.
Please be aware that this lesson focuses primarily on the marking out stages of the drawer as this is the most important factor to achieving an accurate fit.
Once the marking lines have been established, you should be pretty familiar with how to cut out the dovetails accurately with a saw and a chisel.
If you do not feel confident with this process, please refer to the supporting resources below that will direct you to various tutorials that provide more in depth explanations of the steps you will cover.
Sizing the Drawer Components
Fitting the Drawer Tails
Click the images below to see supporting material helping you with this part of the project.
Have you got the plans yet?
The Student Series
Want to see another beginner make this project before you? It’s a great way to scope out any mistakes before you make one yourself!
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